"Facing an election, the president would like everyone to forget that gas prices have doubled over the past three years while he consistently blocked and slowed the production of American-made energy. From his drilling moratorium to his denial of the Keystone [XL] pipeline, the president has time and again sided with his liberal base over American families," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).
Likewise, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was equally critical, saying in a statement that "the president's comments today simply reflect the same old empty promises we've come to expect from this White House. ... This White House has shown that it is more focused on appeasing its extreme environmentalist allies than putting forward an energy policy that works for Utahns and Americans everywhere. With gas prices and home heating costs on the rise, the American people deserve action, not more campaign speeches."
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.